About Us

I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.

Dawna Markova,
from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

Photo by Leandro Palmeieri

The Sunshine Coast Hospice Society is a charitable organization of committed volunteers who provide compassionate and respectful end-of-life and bereavement support to people on the Sunshine Coast.

Our mandate is to support individuals through illness or bereavement regardless of their circumstances and their choices, with compassion, respect and an open heart.

We have two hospice bedrooms with an adjoining family room and perennial gardens housed at Shorncliffe Intermediate Care facility, but the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society also provides many more related services.

We have a team of over 70 trained and committed volunteers who can provide one-on-on one companionship to people facing life-threatening illness or who are grieving the loss of someone important in their lives.

We provide vigil companionship at end of life as requested, whether people are dying in Hospice, in hospital, in residential care or in their own homes.

We offer ongoing training to volunteers, informational workshops and events for the general public, and support groups for the bereaved.

The operating costs for the Shorncliffe Hospice rooms are paid for by Vancouver Coastal Health, and we are grateful to receive a BC Government Community Gaming Grant, but all other activities of Sunshine Coast Hospice are funded through public fundraising efforts on the part of the volunteer Board of directors and Hospice volunteers, and our community.

A Brief History

In 1985 a group of concerned Sunshine Coast nurses organized a meeting to discuss how to better care for the dying in our community, and the hospice movement on the Sunshine Coast began.  In 1987 ten people become the first group of volunteers to receive training but it wasn’t until 2001 that the Sunshine Coast got its first two dedicated hospice beds in the Garden Inn in Gibsons.  In 2005 these beds were moved to Shorncliffe Intermediate Care Facility in Sechelt, where they remain open today.

Although our need for hospice beds has increased over the years, the number of beds available has not.  Our beds are always fully occupied and every month at least three people must reach the end of their lives in an inappropriate setting because of the shortage of hospice beds.

For a number of years, the Hospice Society has been in discussions with Vancouver Coastal Health about doubling the number of hospice beds on the Sunshine Coast. While VCH has committed to covering the cost of operating 4 beds, it is up to the community to cover the capital costs to create those beds and the capacity for future expansion.

Read a more detailed history of the Hospice Society here.

Read about our future plans for hospice care on the Sunshine Coast here.